Counseling Services


Individual therapy is provided free of charge to undergraduate students. The Student Counseling Center staff provides counseling for a variety of concerns. The following are some of the challenges presented by students in counseling:

  • Stress/Anxiety Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Loss or Bereavement
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Parental Separation/Divorce
  • Anger Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Family/Marital Issues
  • Co-Dependency 



Currently, the Student Counseling Center is unable to accommodate your request for premarital counseling. There are other resources at JBU that provide preparation for marriage to couples.

  • Community Counseling Clinic located on the JBU campus, has counselors trained to do couples counseling. You may contact the Community Counseling Clinic at 479-524-7300 or to make arrangements with them. There is no charge for JBU students using their services.  They are located at 2124 W. University St., Siloam Springs, AR. View Map and Directions.
  • The Center for Healthy Relationships (CHR) is located on the JBU campus and provides several opportunities for premarital education throughout the year. Premarital education can differ from premarital counseling in that it is done with small to large groups of couples and provides foundational relationship training in emotional intelligence, communication and conflict management. Premarital education is a great first step as a couple moves towards marriage but is not designed to take the place of the more individualized and personalized premarital counseling.

Please feel free to contact us again if we can be of further help.

Therapeutic Groups

Some semesters, there is an opportunity for six to eight students to meet in a group with a professional counselor as the group leader. Confidentiality and respect is maintained and therefore provides the group members an opportunity to address concerns, identify with others experiencing similar concerns, increase self-awareness and acceptance through group member interaction and feedback, and learn to respect individual differences. This is also the place to try out new behaviors and ideas, to express difficult feelings and to practice assertiveness.  

There are other types of groups that will be formed on an as-needed basis. These types include, but are not limited to, common growth groups, anxiety, grief and loss, healing from assault.   

Screening Interview

If you are interested in a group, please fill out an intake form.

Once the intake form is received, the group counselor schedules a time to meet with potential group members. This individual meeting will address particulars of group work, like: expectations of the group leader; expectations of members' participation, group members' reservations of working in a group setting; potential problems members will face; and group norms. Following the individual screening interview, the group counselor will either assign the individual to a group or recommend another form of help, e.g., individual counseling.


Training, psycho-educational programming and consultation is offered to students, staff and faculty. This service caters to the specific needs of those wishing to use our services. The counseling center would be glad to meet with individuals to discuss their programming/consultative needs to learn how we may serve you.